Covering 60 miles of coastline stretching from Torbay to Plymouth, South Devon AONB is certified one of the most naturally beautiful places in England. Secret sea coves tucked under rough-edged cliffs, beaches as far as you can see, estuaries teeming with wildlife, flowering hedgerows lining undulating lanes, patchworks of fields ripe with produce–these are just the typical everyday scenes of this relatively small part of the country.
The South Hams coastline is rugged and varied. For some brilliant scenery, navigate your way from the iconic Start Point lighthouse to Slapton Sands’ shingle beach, via Slapton Ley nature reserve and the eerie lost village of Hallsands. Afterwards, travel on to Dittisham, a yachting village on the estuary of the River Dart. Admire the handiwork of the thatched roof cottages, take one of the walking trails with estuary views, try your hand at crabbing near the pontoon or kick back in the traditional pub.
Further south, you’ll find Hope Cove, another small village worth a wander. It has two beaches next door to each other–Harbour Beach and Mouthwell Sands–both of which have nice colour combinations from the moody grey rock pools, turquoise water and ochre sand. The best view is from Bolt Tail, a headland that juts out from the main village area. From the tip, look back to see the beaches in tandem or across the way to Bantham Beach and Burgh Island. On a really clear day, you can just about see Cornwall, too.